Faculty Staff and roles
Mr W Boyce: Director of Learning
Mrs H Barker: Teacher of Mathematics
Mr D Bridge: Teacher of Mathematics
Mr M Drews: Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs T Lear: Teaching Assistant
The creators of the hit US crime drama Numb3rs encapsulated it when they said:
« We all use maths every day; to predict weather, to tell time, to handle money. Maths is more than formulas or equations; it's logic, it's rationality, it's using your mind to solve the biggest mysteries we know. »
Whilst pupils here may not quite be working on solving the biggest maths mysteries we know, we very much hope that the maths they encounter in class will prove to be both enjoyable and useful.
When Ofsted visited us at the end of 2012 they noted that students were achieving particularly well in mathematics. They stated that mathematics is well taught and cited the improvement and achievement of SEND students who make considerable gains in maths.
Since 2012 things have continued to improve. In 2013 the maths department achieved its best ever GCSE results with 68% of students gaining at least a grade C in maths. In 2014 the figure rose again to 70% and in 2015 we broke the record again with 74% of students achieved at least a grade C in maths. And this year’s results look to be ever better! This is a trend which already sees our young people achieving results which are among the best in Norfolk.
We also pride ourselves on having a successful record in ensuring that our students make at least 3 levels progress from KS2 – with significant numbers making 4 levels progress in their time here.
We are very proud of how well our students do. However, our target is to be the best performing comprehensive High school in Norfolk.
Every Child Matters
Every child really does matter in the mathematics department at Alderman Peel. From Year 7, when we set the foundations for future academic success, we strive to ensure that each and every lesson is a worthwhile and enjoyable experience for all of the students in it.
We pride ourselves on knowing each and every one of the children we teach – and not just their names! By taking a real interest in pupils’ well-being we are also looking after their academic progress.
We track progress, informally and constantly - and each half-term students sit a short classroom-based test on the work they have covered, with results then communicated to parents termly.
We value good behaviour in lessons. Children learning maths in happy and well behaved classes have every chance of reaching their potential. Every child has the right to be educated in a friendly and well-ordered environment.
Happy children make for better learners.
We have a scheme of work which uses the Essential Maths series of textbooks www.elmwoodpress.co.uk to provide pupils with a wide and comprehensive experience of the foundations of maths.
For those interested, the New National Curriculum KS3 programme of Study can be found here.
We use Edexcel as our examination board. Students follow a two year course, building upon the skills and knowledge that they have learnt and developed at Key Stage 3, with testing taking place through three exams at the end of Year 11.
Students studying Higher tier can gain grades 5-9 and students taking the Foundation tier can gain grades 1-5.
Further details of the Edexcel Maths GCSE, including full course specifications and some past examination papers are available from the Edexcel website. www.edexcel.org.uk